Fire breaks out at California home while armed suspect remains inside, police say

by Ryan Lee
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A fire ignited at a residence in California on the evening of Christmas Eve, while an armed suspect remained barricaded inside the dwelling, according to reports from local authorities.

The incident unfolded when the Los Angeles County Fire Department received a 911 call regarding an address on 11th Street in Hermosa Beach at approximately 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, as detailed by KTLA-TV.

Eyewitnesses recounted that nearby residents had heard a heated argument and observed an individual armed with a firearm entering the two-story residence. This individual adamantly resisted surrendering to the arriving police officers, as reported by KTLA.

The situation took a concerning turn when a fire broke out in the garage of the residence shortly before 5 p.m., as per KTLA’s account.

At 9 p.m., Hermosa Beach Police Chief Paul LeBaron held a news conference where he indicated that law enforcement still believed the armed suspect to be inside the house, and presumably alive. It was noted that the immediate family members of the suspect, including children, had evacuated the premises prior to the arrival of the police, as reported by KTLA.

Chief LeBaron explained, “They came out and, at that point, the only person left inside that we were aware of was the suspect.” He also mentioned that neighboring residences had been evacuated as a precautionary measure.

There were reports of audible explosions, possibly gunshots, but Chief LeBaron clarified that law enforcement officers did not believe they were specifically targeted.

Upon arrival, both firefighters and police refrained from attempting entry into the residence. At the time, they were uncertain whether the armed individual was still present inside, as reported by the Daily Breeze newspaper, citing a fire official at the scene.

Firefighters established a defensive perimeter surrounding the garage in an effort to contain the fire and prevent its spread to adjacent structures, according to the same fire official cited by the newspaper.

As of the latest information available, it remains unclear whether the fire was still actively burning on Sunday night.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about California armed suspect standoff

What caused the fire at the California home?

The fire at the California home was believed to have started in the garage, though the exact cause remains unclear as of the provided information.

Were there any injuries reported during this incident?

There is no information provided regarding injuries resulting from this incident.

What actions did law enforcement take during the standoff?

Law enforcement officers did not attempt to enter the residence where the armed suspect was barricaded. Instead, they established a perimeter around the garage and evacuated neighboring homes as a precautionary measure.

Was the armed suspect apprehended?

As of the latest update, the armed suspect had not been apprehended, and the standoff continued.

Were there any casualties or harm to neighboring properties?

The information provided does not mention any casualties or harm to neighboring properties. Firefighters took measures to contain the blaze and prevent it from spreading to nearby buildings.

Were there any updates on the status of the fire as of Sunday night?

The text does not provide specific details about the status of the fire on Sunday night.

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Journalist123 December 26, 2023 - 3:53 am

Wow, intense situation with the fire and armed dude! Police no go in, just wait outside. Hope nobody gets hurt!

SeriousReader456 December 26, 2023 - 6:30 am

Need more info on what started the fire. Dangerous situation, hope it ends safely.

InfoSeeker789 December 26, 2023 - 12:57 pm

Why the suspect not surrender? Big risk with fire around. Scary stuff, man!


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